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LANL Announces Winners Of First-Ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 10, 2019 - 8:54am
Judges from Los Alamos National Laboratory Jake Miner and James Owen listen to students from Taos Academy Charter School as they explain their entry in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Roughly 600 people convened at Los Lunas High School Saturday for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.
Led by New Mexico’s Office of the Governor, the Challenge was a collaboration between the Department of Public Education, the

Forty Virginia Tech Freshmen Reap Early Benefits Of Calhoun Discovery Program

on December 9, 2019 - 7:47am
Thanassis Rikakis, founding director of the Calhoun Discovery Program, takes a hands-on approach with the program's students. Courtesy photo
Virginia Tech News:
This fall, 40 first-year students stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg as the inaugural cohort for the Calhoun Discovery Program.
Made possible by a generous gift from alumnus David Calhoun and led by founding director Thanassis Rikakis and Honors College Dean Paul Knox, the program establishes a unique learning experience.

General Atomics Researcher Honors David Pace With Excellence In Fusion Engineering Award

on December 8, 2019 - 8:43am
David Pace, a leading contributor in fusion diagnostics. Courtesy/FPA
FPA News:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. Dr. David Pace has been selected by the Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors to receive its Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award for his leadership within the fusion research community and his work developing fusion diagnostics at multiple international facilities.
He presently serves as the Diagnostic Systems coordinator at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics in San Diego.
Pace was recognized by FPA “for his extremely varied accomplishments

Science On Tap: Elizabeth Hunke On CICE Software Addressing Ice And Climate Changes On Global Scale

on December 8, 2019 - 6:41am

Elizabeth Hunke

LACD News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Hunke about CICE, a flexible thermal modeling software that addresses issues about ice and climate changes on a global scale.

Hunke’s modeling software has helped track the changes and effects of ice melting and moving and how it interacts with global patterns.

Scenes From 2019 Earth Treasures Show

on December 7, 2019 - 6:21pm

The 51st annual Earth Treasures Show took place Saturday and will continue10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Temple at Canyon Road and 15th Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Young ladies spin for prizes at the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Blue calcite. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A visitor to the Earth Treasures Show checks out a display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite formation inside. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite

‘Goodnight Los Alamos’ Book Signing At Gadgets Gift Shop Inside Bradbury Science Museum 11-1 Today!

on December 7, 2019 - 9:04am

The community is invited to the Goodnight Los Alamos book signing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Gadgets Gift Shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

Nature Center Family Fun Evening Tuesday

on December 6, 2019 - 3:40pm

Family Star Party and Family Night Tuesday at Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday for an evening of family fun:

  • 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium; and
  • 6-7 p.m. The Family Night.


Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors! New Mexico Bank & Trust sponsors Family Star Parties and Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos sponsors Family Nights.


Family Star Party participants will explore Venus, which is now visible in the night sky, and talk about

SFIS To Host Hour Of Code Week Kickoff Monday

on December 6, 2019 - 6:47am
SFIS News:
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe has the extraordinary privilege of being selected as the host city for the national kickoff event of Computer Science Education Week (aka Hour of Code), live streamed 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Everett F. Chavez Pueblo Pavilion.
SFIS is partnering with, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Computer Science Alliance (a new non-profit in NM) to celebrate the 7th Annual Hour of Code.
This year, and CSTA decided to change the message of CS Ed Week and have the opening at a school.

Forty-six High School Teams Compete For $95,000 In First-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 5, 2019 - 5:15pm


LANL News:

  • Dec. 7 event showcases the ‘ingenuity and passion’ of students in solving real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math.

More than 600 people will convene at Los Lunas High School this Saturday, Dec. 7, for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.

Led by the Office of the Governor, the Challenge is a collaboration with the Department of Public Education, the Department of Workforce Solutions, Los Alamos National

With Interest In Space Soaring, Spaceport America Launches E-Commerce Merchandise Store

on December 5, 2019 - 7:51am

Spaceport America lightweight fleece blanket costs $16 and rolls up and includes a carry handle for easy transport and storage. To shop for Spaceport America and space-themed merchandise, visit Courtesy/SA
With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, as well as major advances being made in the aerospace industry, public interest in space is at an all-time high.
To celebrate this renewed interest in space, Spaceport America has launched an e-commerce site, offering Spaceport America and

Ethnic Minority Women Least Likely To Be Offered Speaking Opportunities At Scientific Conferences

on December 5, 2019 - 7:17am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study finds scientists from racial and ethnic minority populations, already underrepresented in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), were likely to have relatively fewer speaking opportunities at scientific conferences.
The disadvantage was found to be more severe for women of color, according to the new research.
The new commentary, published in the journal Nature, is the first of its kind to evaluate speaking opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities at scientific conferences.

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Second, Larger Contract To ‘Tailor The Solar Spectrum For Enhanced Crop Yield For Space Missions’

on December 2, 2019 - 9:30am

UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above rows of tomatoes in a research greenhouse in the Netherlands. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


  • The Phase II STTR contract will fund further collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop new light recipes using UbiQD’s quantum dot technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space

LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
LANL News:
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
“Even though plants can, in

UP Aerospace Launches Space Loft-14 Rocket

on November 29, 2019 - 8:25am
UP Aerospace News:
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America.

Chemist Jennifer Hollingsworth Named AAAS Fellow

on November 26, 2019 - 9:22am

Los Alamos Chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is a new Fellow of the AAAS. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Noted Los Alamos chemist honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is being honored as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work in materials chemistry. 

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is receiving this well-deserved honor and joining the ranks of Los Alamos staff that are AAAS Fellows.

LANL: Should Santa Deliver By Drone?

on November 26, 2019 - 9:04am

A promising solution to coordinated vehicle/drone delivery to a grid of locations. The black curves are the routes the truck follows at 5 meters per second, and the blue lines inticate the route a drone takes while flying at 25 meters per second. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • A new routing algorithm anticipates the day trucks and drones cooperate to drop packages at your doorstep quickly and efficiently

Santa has always run a one-sleigh operation, but a new analysis could help him speed deliveries and save energy, if he ever decided to add a drone to his route.

“People have considered

Boutwell: In Anticipation Of 75th Anniversary...

on November 26, 2019 - 8:52am
Los Alamos
I had the privilege to give a talk on Nov. 12 to the Los Alamos Historical Society focusing on the Polish physicist Josef Rotblat and his decision to leave Los Alamos and end his participation in the Manhattan Project in December of 1944 when it became clear that Nazi Germany was nowhere close to acquiring atomic weapons.
Often called the “Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience”, Rotblat was much criticized for “deserting” the atomic bomb project, yet he did so for fundamental reasons of personal conscience and fears that development of the “Gadget”

NMHU Anthropology Partnership Produces First Drone Aerial Survey Of Anasazi Pueblo

on November 26, 2019 - 7:33am
Highlands anthropology faculty member Vick Evans, left, and Katie Withnall of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute hold a NMFWRI drone used to help develop the first aerial maps of a prehistoric Navajo site. Behind them is one of the geographic information system (GIS) site maps Withnall developed for the project. Courtesy/NMFWRI
Highlands University News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Drones recorded the first aerial imagery of a prehistoric Anasazi Pueblo on the Navajo Nation in Northwest New Mexico, thanks to a unique partnership the New Mexico Highlands University

AGU: Last Arctic Ice Refuge Disappearing

on November 25, 2019 - 6:01am
New research finds the Arctic’s oldest and thickest ice is more mobile and is vanishing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research.
A new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters finds ice in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland is more mobile than previously thought, as ocean currents and atmospheric winds are likely transporting the old, thick ice found there to other parts of the Arctic.

RDC Announces 2019 TEAM Funding Recipients

on November 25, 2019 - 6:00am
Chronicle Cremation Designs, LLC, dba Parting Stone - Parting Stone empowers people in their grief by designing gateways to meaningful experiences around death. Courtesy/RDC
Patrick's Fine Foods - Manufacturer of probiotic sparkling waters designed to replace sugary drinks and mixers with great tasting, low sugar alternatives. TEAM funds will be used to purchase a refrigerated delivery truck and new bottle-filling equipment.  CourtesyRDC
RDC News:
ESPANOLA The Regional Development Corporation (RDC), a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving economic development in

LANL Foundation Awards $94,309.30 In Small Grants To Education And Community Programs

on November 24, 2019 - 10:59am
ESPANOLA — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded 39 grants totaling $94,309.30 in the second of two annual cycles in its 2019 small grants funding process. Grants of up to $2,500 in two funding categories support the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico.
Education Outreach Grants worth $56,921.30 were awarded to 24 programs that directly support K–12 public school education, students and teachers.
  • ARTsmart, ARTreach: art education program in Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
  • Atalaya Elementary,

AGU: Size Of Thunderstorm Dome Clouds May Predict Tornado Intensity

on November 22, 2019 - 5:41am
Twin violent (EF4) tornadoes outside of Wisner, Nebr. June 16, 2014. Courtesy/NOAA/Ethan Schisler
Tornadoes typically form beneath a thunderstorm’s updraft and overshooting top. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
The size of a bulge at the top of a thunderstorm’s anvil-shaped cloud may allow researchers to forecast the strength of tornadoes that spawn from such storms, according to a new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Tornadoes, particularly those with strong winds, pose a serious threat to the property and lives of people in their path.

PEEC: Explore Cepheid Pulsating Variable Stars Tonight

on November 22, 2019 - 5:24am
Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. today in the Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the latest updates on Cepheid variable stars. PEEC also will show the full-dome film 'Out There' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC will show the full-dome film 'Out There' at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Nature Center’s planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 to explore the latest discoveries related to Cepheid variable stars — the yardsticks of the universe.
At this talk, Joyce Guzik will discuss topics on the latest

NIST: Fly Me (Partway) To The Moon

on November 21, 2019 - 7:42am
NASA’s ER-2 taking off with air-LUSI moonlight collection equipment on board. Photo/Ken Ulbrich/NASA
NIST News:
Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky, almost to space itself.
The trip was a moonlight-gathering mission that has yielded some of the best measurements ever taken of the brightness, or more specifically the surface reflectance, of Earth’s nearest neighbor,

Native American Scientist Floy Agnes Lee Made History In Los Alamos And Beyond

on November 20, 2019 - 3:34pm

Floy Agnes Lee. Courtesy/AHF
By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Floy Agnes Lee, a Native American who worked on the Manhattan Project and whose career provided insights into cancer research and radiation biology, is an unsung hero of science.

We share her story in celebration of Native American Heritage month in hopes that her contributions will become more well known.

Lee’s father was from Santa Clara Pueblo and her mother descended from German-Americans in Indiana. She grew up in Albuquerque, where her parents taught at the Indian School.